I think I’ll be a blubbering mess after listening to James Vincent McMorrow’s second album Post Tropical in January. We’ve already heard ‘Cavalier’, but things get even more sob-inducing on ‘Red Dust’ – he’s not trying to distance himself from the Bon Iver comparisons anyway. McMorrow’s voice quivers and oscillates throughout, and grow heavier as the track culminates over a starry background. “Sometimes my hands don’t feel like my own, I need someone to love, I need someone to hold,” he cries, almost howling towards the end. I promise I don’t start to well up every time I listen… Post Tropicalis released in Ireland on January 10. McMorrow plays the Cork Opera House on January 31. All Irish dates after the jump, along with the lyrics to ‘Red Dust’.

James Vincent McMorrow Irish tour:
Thursday, January 30: Seapoint, Galway
Friday, January 31: Opera House, Cork;
Saturday, February 1: University Concert Hall, Limerick;
Sunday, February 2: Set Theatre, Kilkenny;
Tuesday and Wednesday, February 4 and 5: National Concert Hall, Dublin.

I will not cave under you
for my heart is an unending tomb
i will not trouble your rest
for my heart is infinity blessed

ever a hard rot
cut from an ancient cloth of old

someone is ringing a bell
it chimes through this shimmering shell
that once was my vision of birth
now is my vessel and curse

heat from the tall lamp
melting the outer wax that holds
blood from a deep cut
some of the reddest stuff to flow

sometimes my hands they don’t feel like my own
i need someone to love i need someone to hold